8th March 2017



Mom’s come up with the best ideas about what other moms need and this idea is no exception. A former teacher, and now mother, Paula has just launched Bumble Box, a coffee table art book of all your kid’s art. We chatted to her about what inspired Bumble Box, and how exactly it works.


Tell us a bit about yourself 

My name is Paula, I live in Johannesburg and last year in June our Harry was born. I couldn’t believe how much I would love being his mum. So after teaching for the past 9 years I made the emotional decision to take an extended break so I could spend as much time as possible with our little boy.  All this new found “freedom” had me feeling a bit itchy to try something new.


What is Bumble Box?

Bumble Box takes children’s artwork and turns them into beautiful bespoke coffee table books. This can include letters, pottery, short stories or any special keepsakes you wish to display.


What inspired the idea to start Bumble Box?

As a teacher I know the amount of artwork that was being sent home. I know how emotionally hard it is to throw it away. I also know how frustrating it is to take up so much storage space. Children take such pride in their artwork. They often associate memories, facts and feelings when going through their art. I had been playing with the idea for some time, I even tried to convince my husband (who has a digital agency) that this is what parents really needed and that he should do this. After I resigned I knew it was the perfect time to test the waters. The complete wonderment and awe on my 4 year old nieces face when she looked through her own book made me realize just how important the sense of belonging is, and something as simple as seeing your art proudly displayed can be in a little persons life. Not to mention the slick design that will compliment your homes decor.


How does it work?

The whole process is aimed to make it as simple and convenient as possible for the busy parent. The easy to use step by step online ordering process allows for the box to be delivered to your home or work place. The hard part will be picking which art to pop in the box. Once you have finished selecting and packing a courier will come and collect the box from either your home or work place.  After the artwork has been professionally photographed and creatively curated into the coffee table book, your art and book will be delivered back to you.


Typically how long does it take?

4 – 5 weeks


We are so excited to be doing a give away with Bumble Box. You can win a bespoke, wheatlam hardcover coffee table book customized with 60 pieces of your child’s art, valued at R1,550.

To enter, like Bumble Box on Facebook, and comment below telling us why you would love to win this prize.


For more information on Bumble Box, and to keep up to date with their beautiful creations, follow them on:

instgram: @bumble_box


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  • Reply Carla 8th March 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Nikolaas started playschool this year and to my delight he is quite the artist! This is the most amazing product to keepsake all his handmade treasures. Well done Paula!

  • Reply Heloise Mgcina 8th March 2017 at 6:05 pm

    An amazing product and with 3 kids this will help me achieve my desire to live by the Japanese art of decluttering and create a beautiful keepsake of all our art treasures! No more boxes and cluttered shelves – such a precious memory for years to come

  • Reply Carolyn Augustus 9th March 2017 at 5:29 am

    This would be such an awesome gift, a gift that keeps on giving cause kiddies art are just super special, especially their portrayal of how they see things

  • Reply Megan 9th March 2017 at 6:20 am

    I’ve already started sorting the years of artwork for a bumble box – I’d LOVE to win one. Such a great concept!

  • Reply Jodi Levine 9th March 2017 at 6:40 am

    This is such an awesome idea!!! I have boxes and piles of art from my kids and always wanted to do a book but have never managed to get it done. Please please please pick me!!!

  • Reply Ashley 9th March 2017 at 6:47 am

    What an incredible idea! Thanks Kimmy and Bear for making us aware of this amazing service. My little one just started at nursery school so this would be the perfect time for me to start building my collection of bumble box books!

  • Reply Jacqui Trinder 9th March 2017 at 6:51 am

    Art 🎨 is the greatest form of expression and there’s only so much of my two year olds pieces I can fit on my fridge! My art box is already overflowing and I’m awaiting his art bag from school. Lincolns art is so special to me that I just don’t have the heart to ever throw it away what a NEAT idea 💡 thanks! @powdapuffgirl

  • Reply Adele 9th March 2017 at 6:52 am

    Oh wow, what a stunning concept! This really is something so special! My son has so much artwork of his little hands and feet, not sure what to do with them so they just sit in a file, would love this!

  • Reply Shereen Lurie 9th March 2017 at 7:14 am

    This is an incredible idea. My son is OBSESSED with art. He sleeps with his crayons, takes them into the bath. My husband has to something for him every morning – think ninjas, monsters, dinosaurs, miscellaneous cartoon characters, anything – just so he can spend the 1hr when he supposed to be getting ready for school colouring them in. Needless to say our house is filled with his artwork and we are always discovering a scrap of paper in the most random of places (cereal box anyone?). This will be a great way for us to preserve these precious items without having them taking over our entire house and decorating every inch of our walls.

  • Reply Shereen Lurie 9th March 2017 at 7:17 am

    Re above: *husband has to draw something*

  • Reply Genevieve Stander 9th March 2017 at 9:18 am

    My eldest is 7, and I have artwork all over my house, getting damaged and ultimately bsing thrown away. I would LOVE to have this amazing book for her, showing her just how important and stunning her artwork is.

  • Reply Tamaryn 9th March 2017 at 9:28 am

    This is such a great idea! I have art overflowing in my home from our 3 year old daughter and I just can’t bear to pack it away. This would be the perfect solution and I know that my daughter would find great joy in it, she’s very proud of her artwork.

  • Reply Philippa 9th March 2017 at 9:39 am

    I would love to win this prize because I’ve been looking for a neat solution for storing all my kids’ artwork. To this day I have almost every single one but just can’t let them go, and the clutter is real! I think it’s a genius idea. Please pick me!

  • Reply Wendy Jane Herbert 9th March 2017 at 9:44 am

    What a treat to find this competition this morning! I have a four year old and a two year old and would love to turn their exquisite art into a book we can treasure together. To have such a keepsake would be wonderful. I do hope I win 🙂

  • Reply Caryn Step 9th March 2017 at 9:50 am

    Ah man! I’ve been looking for something like this for Maddy’s artworks for three years now. I’d so love to win this prize and keep her sweet artworks, to show her one day when she’s older.

  • Reply Teri Row 9th March 2017 at 10:38 am

    I feel like a terrible bad mom! You would think by now with all of Skylar’s artwork it would be frames or placed in books. But no. It’s all shoved in a cupboard and left in the dark and not on show. Skylar is a budding artist who is obsessed about drawing and creating. Even though she is not yet two. Gee if you take a pen out her hand a huge tantrum will ensue. I love the idea of the book and it is a beautiful keepsake

  • Reply Nicole 9th March 2017 at 11:13 am

    Love this idea!! With a toddler itching to show off his artistic “flair” this would make a great conversation piece with visitors if his very own book was on our coffee table!

  • Reply Nadene 9th March 2017 at 12:36 pm

    What a wonderful keepsake for those priceless memories ♡♡

  • Reply Melissa 9th March 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I would love to win this for my niece’s artwork – we don’t live in the same city so it would be great to see what she’s been up to at school when I visit! Easy to page through and beautifully curated – Bumble Box is such a stunning concept!

  • Reply Idonette 9th March 2017 at 3:15 pm

    My daughter, Ava Grace, now 3, started showing an interest in art from a very young age. All she ever wants to do is paint, whether it is on paper, stones she finds in the garden or on her baby sister (yes that has happened). She also has a memory like an elephant. She remembers all the pieces she have done. Tht means I cant through anything away. The top of my fridge has become the place where I store all her art pieces. This will be the most amazing gift. I can store all her pieces. The perfect thing to give to her on her 18th birthday. I would love to make a book like this every year. Pick Ava please. That’ll also save my sanity. Xx

  • Reply Lauren 9th March 2017 at 3:58 pm

    What a wonderful unique way to capture special memories and kiddies artwork. Would love this for my girls!

  • Reply Farzana 9th March 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I have a 5 year old and over the last 3 years I have collected a ton of artwork but also secretly thrown away a lot more. This box would give me a guilt free option to declutter but also give my little man an immense sense of accomplishment for being officially “published” 🙂

  • Reply Michelle Kreuger 9th March 2017 at 7:08 pm

    My dad (or Pappa as my daughter calls him) is an avid photographer, (and the most besotted grandfather in the world!) I don’t think my kids would recognise him if he didn’t have his camera in hand.

    Every Christmas, he gives us the most gorgeous photobook of all the photos and memories he’s captured through the year. I must have paged through them 1000 times and could easily do another 1000. This year, I’d so love reciprocate and give him something just as special! Something he can look at forever – and page through 1000 x 1000 x 1000 times. He’s the proudest ‘Pappa’ I know after all…

    (Plus, I think my children’s art is super-cute!)

  • Reply Julia 9th March 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Love love love this idea! My daughter started preschool this year and I already have a pile of artwork. This is would be the most perfect way to keep all the memories!!!

  • Reply Nicole 9th March 2017 at 7:27 pm

    My hubby is so sentimental about our daughter’s artwork. He photographs it and files it in flip files and has boxes of Art in storage! This would be such a wonderful way to display our girls artwork. I’m thinking the perfect Father’s Day gift for my very sentimental hubby!

  • Reply Olivia Fox 9th March 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I’ve meticulously documented my child’s life since birth on @foxfricke and I love love love every bit of it BUT… it’s not tangible. We are so focused on IG and Facebook that we’ve lost sight of the tangible elements to the history of the development of our child. I’m so excited about this. A chance to have it forever – not in a file somewhere. On my table. At home. Proudly displayed. Love it. Rocking it Mammas!

  • Reply Beth 10th March 2017 at 12:20 am

    My little Elsie would love to see her art published! We have kept special pieces aside for all her 3.5 years with no idea what to do with them or how to display them. We’d love to win this – what a clever idea!

  • Reply Julie Jones 10th March 2017 at 8:23 am

    My daughter is only very little but I’d love to win this prize for future use 🙂 And well done, Paula – what a marvellous idea!

  • Reply Tandi-Lee Silberman 11th March 2017 at 4:25 am

    Every day i fetch my little boy Noah Leo from school and he brings a masterpiece home. There is so much cuteness in a little drawing that your little one has done and this is the smartest idea I have seen to make a beautiful coffee table book of all the art.

    I would so love to win this prize. please pick me!

  • Reply Ayesha 11th March 2017 at 6:35 am

    I’ve tried every conceivable idea to try and organise, protect and preserve the memory of my children’s art. It almost always results in frustration and dismay and ends up being piled into an unsightly corner of the room. I really do treasure their art but I have yet to find a suitable way of doing so. But this is just genius! It’s like a time capsule and scrapbook and everything rolled into one! I need this for my budding artists.

  • Reply Johannes Botha 11th March 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I have a 6 year daughter and a 5 year old son. My daughter is absolutely besotted with drawing, but between the 2 of them, the amount of artwork is crazy. My wife and I feel so bad recycling a lot of it but we just can’t keep it all. It would be awesome to keep their best art to show them when they are older. What a lovely keepsake.

  • Reply Jen Loverock 12th March 2017 at 1:33 am

    Our son Carter, two and a half, started school this year and only yesterday I was thinking I must Pinterest ideas on how to keep all his art work I’m getting! This is SUCH a great idea, love love love! So clever and think all parents need to know about this!! 😊

  • Reply Kirsten 13th March 2017 at 6:42 pm

    I’d love to win this…my daughter has done so much beautiful art and I’m so sentimental that I can’t part with any of it and I don’t havf enough wall space 🙈 This book would be perfect!

  • Reply Nadene 16th March 2017 at 8:38 am

    Wow, Thank you! This would be the perfect way to save all the artwork my almost 3yo has been creating ♡♡♡ it’s tough to keep track of it all. Would be a lovely way to keep it organised so I can look at it and appreciate how much she has learned and grown the last year ☆☆☆ love it 😀

  • Reply Debbie wright 21st March 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Oh wow wow wow!!! As an ex pre-school teacher I know how much love and effort goes into every single one of those little pictures! And as a mum of a three and one year old I know how precious their art is to me and to them!!!!!!! And there’s so much space on the fridge and bedroom walls, you just can’t keep them all! My kids “memory boxes” are already overflowing cos I’m so sentimental with these things!!!!! Would LOVE TO WIN this!!!! Pick me pick me… and my precious 3 year old artist! 😬👌🏽👏🏼❤️

  • Reply Liezl Veiga 21st March 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I would love to win this prize because albeit I am a freelance graphic designer, I can’t even find the time to create a book of my own kids treasured art! Ha ha

  • Reply Tanya 21st March 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Wow, what a fantastic idea! I have two daughters that both loves any form of art so much. At the moment all their Picasso pieces are lying around all over the house. Some are on the fridge, stuck with prestic behind doors, in bookshelves and in cupboards and I have been so tempted to just throw them all away! This would be such a great solution, and a fantastic collection to make a yearly art book for both of them to keep.

  • Reply Nicole 22nd March 2017 at 2:20 pm

    My son Max comes home with new artworks everyday… Needless to say, our artbox is overflowing and our walls are full! This is a fantastic way to cherish and display his work.

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